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5 Steps to a Physical and Mental Spring Renewal

Resiliency.  The ability to bounce back after experiencing mental and/or physical set-backs, disappointments, or hurts. I’ve noticed it’s becoming a bit of a buzz word recently, and for good reason. January 1 wasn’t the magical reset many of us yearned for and now symptoms of little energy, sluggish bowels, and even low-grade depression are abundant as we move through this nebulous time. But guess what? Winter always turns to spring and lucky for us, this renewing season is about to be upon us. If you’re ready to shed the stress, the worry, and yes, maybe even the extra pounds from the very long winter of the entire last year, then… Wipe the slate clean and create resiliency for your body, mind, and spirit with these 5 steps: 1. Be Honest. Sure, you may be going through the motions of getting everything done, but are you really living? It’s time to be honest about what you are currently feeling as well [...]

March 1st, 2021|Categories: Diet and food, Mental Health, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 5 Steps to a Physical and Mental Spring Renewal

Navigating Forward During the Pandemic

It’s almost been a year since our way of life changed as we knew it. An entire year of social distancing, wearing masks, changes to school and work, little to no travel, and not seeing some of our closest friends and family. It’s been tough and many (if not all) of us are ready to move on.  We may want to travel again, let our kids have playdates, and connect in-person with others that we’ve missed.  We just want our lives back. But how do we do this in a safe, healthy, and respectful manner? The good news is that there is light on the horizon and we are within reach of gaining back a sense of normalcy.  However, we are not quite there yet! This is why it’s important we continue to stay the course. With mindfulness and determination, this doesn’t mean we have to stay stagnant.  We do have the ability to navigate forward and I’m here to [...]

Resetting for 2021

Resetting for 2021:  How to Make the Physical and Mental Changes Your Know You Need For many of us, celebrating the arrival of 2021 is a most wanted event. The past year has been filled with challenge and change - much of which has been uncomfortable and upsetting.  Health concerns, regulations and guidelines, economic crises, at-home learning, and the list goes on… Throughout it all, we may have taken on less-than-ideal habits in order to survive - both physically and mentally - that we know we now need to change for a healthy new go around the sun. But the question is…how do we do that? We may know that we need to clean up our diet, start sleeping better, move more, and/or stop the cycle of negativity but for many of us, we just don’t know how to actually go about it. So let’s get real and talk about how to reset for 2021 in a way that is [...]

Keeping the Holidays Special and Meaningful

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but right now, it may feel like the toughest. On any given year, the holidays can be filled with cherished traditions, numerous gatherings, and plenty of decadent food.  It’s typically a time where we can enjoy time with loved ones and celebrate. But during a pandemic? We can feel as lost as Santa’s reindeer in a snowstorm without Rudolph. Let’s face it - this year is going to be different when it comes to the holidays.  However, it doesn’t have to be any less special or meaningful. Sure, Grandma may not be feeding the entire extended family with her special recipes and the annual tradition of seeing the Nutcracker may be on hold…but with a little shift in perspective and a dash of creativity, we can create new memories - ones that may be infinitely more joyful than we ever expected! Following, I share 10 tips on keeping the [...]

November 30th, 2020|Categories: Diet and food, Mental Health, Mind and Body, Preventative|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Keeping the Holidays Special and Meaningful

Finding Beauty in Imperfections

These days, it can seem as though you have to go all-in or nothing is worth it.  Whether it’s backing your favorite political candidate, making sure your child gets into a good college, or cleaning up your diet, our culture strives to win - and for many of us, that means perfection with no room for failure. But what about when our choice isn’t victorious, our child comes home with a less-than-average score, or we just want a chocolate chip cookie in the middle of the afternoon? It can lead to frustration, disappointment, and the thought of giving up. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. While some doctors may prefer a zero to 100 approach, I believe that small, realistic changes can not only help you achieve your long-term goal(s), but beauty and love can be found in imperfections along the way. Following, I discuss three areas of life where flexibility can provide growth and joy while still [...]

November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Mental Health, Mind and Body|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Finding Beauty in Imperfections

Stress, Hormones, and a Pandemic

You’ve been on birth control for years without any issues, but now all of a sudden, your period is starting a day later than usual.  You typically suffer from mild PMS, but lately it’s been debilitating.  Or, even though you are staying home more now, you have fatigue that is completely draining you of doing anything. If any of these, or similar situations, sound familiar, it’s not surprising given the times we are in. Chronic stressors, including those of the pandemic, can cause female hormone disruptions that can wreak havoc on our daily lives. During times of stress, the endocrine system can become unbalanced, leading to: - abnormal bleeding - breakthrough bleeding - heavier monthly flows - extra ovulations - irregular cycles - PMS - hot flashes - menstrual cramps - anxiety - nervous energy - moodiness - fatigue - sleep disruption - heart palpitations - weight gain in addition to other symptoms caused by thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive hormone [...]

September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Hormone, Hormone Health, Mental Health, Well-woman|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Stress, Hormones, and a Pandemic

Naturopathic Medicine and Concussions

Concussions can be common, yet serious conditions, especially in a state with popular activities such as skiing, biking, and other outdoor sports (in addition to effects of motor vehicle accidents and falls). But what we once knew about these traumatic brain injuries and how to treat them is changing, and it’s important to know what to do if you or a family member suffers from one. What is a concussion? A concussion is a brain injury resulting from severe shaking or a hit to the head that affects the brain and its function.  It is more severe than whiplash and although a CT scan is helpful for ruling out internal structural damage (such as an internal bleed or a fracture), a concussion does not show up on a radiology test. Generally, concussions are not necessarily difficult to recover from as long as proper healing is allowed to take place before returning to normal work or exercise. However, what was once [...]

September 1st, 2020|Categories: Mental Health, Mind and Body|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Naturopathic Medicine and Concussions

Making Sense of School and Struggle

Discussions are endless and emotions are running high. Decisions are being made and questions still remain. What we once knew and came to expect is fleeting at best and now we are left in a state of wondering what is going on, who is to blame, and what to do about it. Welcome to trying to make sense of struggles, especially school, during a pandemic. On any given day, many of us struggle with life situations - poor grades at school, a job we are unhappy at, relationship issues, health concerns, etc. But when a global crisis so much larger than any of us is looming over our usual trials and tribulations, and we lack unified and consistent leadership working towards creative and meaningful solutions, we can feel overwhelmed, angry, and simply at a loss of how to navigate it all. And I know that feelings about school are at the top of the list for many right now. We [...]

August 12th, 2020|Categories: Mental Health, Mind and Body|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Making Sense of School and Struggle

Supporting Recovery & Nourishment from Quarantine

How has life been the past few months since staying at home more?  Have you indulged a bit with sugary, carb-loaded, salty foods and alcohol?  Has there been less exercising?  How about a more loose sleep schedule? If any of these are true, don’t feel guilty!  Life has been altered from the pandemic and the stress and restraint may have led to less-than-ideal choices. However, summer is here and it’s a new season to shed the poor habits that have sprouted during quarantine and embrace the responsible and healthy choices you once knew. Why? While we still don’t know everything about COVID-19, we do know that it is not straight-forward.  There may be lingering effects that we are not fully aware of at this time; even though some infections may be or have been asymptomatic, it doesn’t necessarily mean they can get away without any health consequences. In addition, stress, low-movement, altered diet, and improper sleep can all have damaging [...]

July 4th, 2020|Categories: Cold, Flu, Virus, Diet and food, Immune system, Mind and Body|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Supporting Recovery & Nourishment from Quarantine
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